Occupational Therapy for Personality Disorders

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with personality disorders. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with personality disorders?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental health occupational therapists look at how your condition affects the functional aspects of your life and work with you on ways to improve this.

Occupational therapy can benefit people with personality disorders in several ways:

1. Developing and improving daily living skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals with personality disorders to develop and enhance their self-care skills, such as grooming, hygiene, meal planning, and cooking. This can promote a sense of independence and self-reliance.

2. Enhancing social skills: People with personality disorders often struggle with maintaining healthy and functional relationships. Occupational therapists can provide support and guidance in improving communication skills, conflict resolution, and social interaction. They may use role-playing exercises, group therapy, and other techniques to help individuals practice these skills in a safe environment.

3. Promoting emotional regulation: Many personality disorders are associated with difficulty in managing emotions, such as anger, impulsivity, and anxiety. Occupational therapists can teach individuals effective coping mechanisms and relaxation techniques to regulate emotions and reduce stress. This can help individuals with personality disorders to better manage their reactions and make healthier choices.

4. Providing structured routines and time management: Individuals with personality disorders often struggle with inconsistency and lack of structure in their daily lives. Occupational therapists can assist in developing structured routines, time management strategies, and setting realistic goals. By establishing a predictable and organized lifestyle, individuals can reduce anxiety and improve their overall functioning.

5. Improving problem-solving and decision-making skills: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with personality disorders in developing problem-solving and decision-making skills. This can include identifying obstacles, exploring alternative solutions, and understanding the consequences of their actions. By enhancing these skills, individuals can improve their ability to manage daily challenges and make healthier choices.

6. Facilitating vocational and educational support: Occupational therapists can help individuals with personality disorders in identifying and pursuing meaningful vocational and educational opportunities. They can assist in career exploration, job readiness training, and developing strategies to manage workplace stress and maintain employment.

It is important to note that treatment for personality disorders often requires a multidisciplinary approach. Occupational therapy should be integrated with other therapeutic interventions such as counseling, psychotherapy, medication management, and support from family and friends. The goal is to provide a comprehensive approach to help individuals with personality disorders improve their overall functioning and quality of life.

Occupational therapy assessments for personality disorders

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with personality disorders in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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